“Safety in Numbers” is a sexual assault & domestic violence awareness/prevention non-profit program for victims of sexual assault. It is a project dedicated to raising awareness of how prevalent sexual assault is on campus and how many survivors there are on all campuses.
Creator Alison Safran explains on the website she “came up with the idea for this project in October of 2012, around the third anniversary of my own sexual assault.” Safran had told so many people -- the police, the legal process, friends and family – but felt she still had not received “real” justice.
Safran began working with colleges in the Massachusetts area and the project flourished. She decided to premiere it in April, coinciding with Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The concept is simple: survivors of sexual assault simply make a poster explaining the “numbers”: numbers of people they told, numbers of persons who helped, number of persons who did not help, and more. The survivor’s faces are not shown, only their poster and their story.
The goal of the project is to create strength: strength by speaking out, strength by knowing they are not alone, and strength to share their stories. “The project is truly about survivors and the numbers around their experiences: how many people they told, how the assault cost them relationships, etc.” the website explains.
The survivors could be anyone: a sister, daughter, niece, and any young woman on campus, someone looking forward to a future and the world ahead. Instead, the survivors are plagued by guilt, anger, depression, and all things that go with being a victim of sexual abuse, to include eating disorders, suicide attempts, and self-mutilation. “Safety in Numbers” hopes to make the world a better place for these young women.
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